Lagos - The tensions in the Rivers State have taken a new dimension with the All
Progressives Congress (APC) calling for President Muhammadu Buhari to
probe Governor Nyesom Wike for alleged corruption during Wike’s tenure
as Supervising Minister of Education.
The party called for Wike, now governor of the state, to be investigated for the N20 billion voted for the purchase of books for Federal Government institutions which was not duly executed as no book was purchased or distributed, the Almajiri school scheme, the Universal Basic Education (UBEC) and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).
APC alleged the N87 billion approved for the Ministry was not utilised.
It called for a probe into the whereabouts of the 15 buses that Wike commandeered for his gubernatorial election campaign, which he has refused to return to the Federal Ministry of Education thereby hampering official activities in the commission.
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It also alleged there was N180 billion UBEC funds allegedly looted by Chief Wike and former First Lady Patience Jonathan through fraudulent contracts for the supply of textbooks to higher institutions.
The recent fire that razed down only the Basic Education Section of the Ministry of Education building in Abuja containing relevant indicting documents about Wike’s activities while he held sway as the Supervising Minister of Education, must also be probed, the ruling party said.
“We should unravel why the fire incident took place and why only this section should be burnt. Was it for the sole purpose of covering up the illegal transactions of the immediate past Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike?” asked APC Rivers Chairman, Davies Ikanya.
He said the burnt documents included the ones for the contracts Wike allegedly awarded to himself and his cronies as a conduit to siphon public funds.
“We want the Buhari administration to, as a matter of urgency, look into this now that he wants to recover looted funds,” Ikanya stated.
Wike was appointed minister of state for education in July 2011 but resigned before finishing his term to campaign for Governor of Rivers State.
APC is contesting his election, citing irregularities.
- CAJ News